There has been a surge in asylum claims by Iranians since mid-2018.
About one in twenty Iranians who entered Canada on tourist visas, student visas or work permits have been applying for refugee status. About 125 Iranian citizens applied each month for refugee status in Canada in early 2019.
There are about 200,000 people of Iranian origin in Canada, with nearly half living in the Greater Toronto Area and a quarter in the Greater Vancouver Area.
For instance, Iranian asylum seekers in British Columbia far surpass the next largest countries of would-be refugees.